Flanger Soundtrack for Bibliothéque Pascal

Flanger´s (Burnt Friedman and Atom™) Soundtrack for Szabolcs Hajdu´s feature Film Bibliotheque Pascal, winner of the top prize at Hungarian Film Week, will be presented on the Berlinale Festival, Forum Section, 17th-20th February, Berlin. Read Review. Check info and dates

Szabolcs Hajdu’s latest received the Golden Reel award on Monday, 9th February as the annual showcase of local cinema came to a close.

Bibliothèque Pascal, which screens next week at the Berlinale Forum, concerns a young, single mother’s bizarre adventures, from Romania to Liverpool, in an effort to provide for her child. With surreal set pieces and a magical plot, Szabolcs Hajdu’s new film bears little resemblance to his 2006 White Palms.

Bibliothèque Pascal also won the the Best Cinematography prize for Andras Nagy (White Palms, Johanna) and the Gene Moskowitz Prize, awarded by foreign film critics at the festival.  Read Article

Shot through with the visual confidence Hajdu displayed in his well-received last feature White Palms, the film spins a dark fairytale, riffing on various storytelling traditions from circus puppet shows to great literature, and dipping in and out of reality as the lead character Mona (Hajdu’s wife, Orsolya Torok-Illyes) is flung from one dangerous situation to the next.

Festival programmers will appreciate the surprises of Bibliotheque Pascal and its multi-cultural elements – it is a Hungarian film told in Romanian and English – and the stark one-sheet of Mona lying prostate in a head-to-toe rubber suit will grab the attention of festival audiences. Daring arthouse distributors might take the leap.

Running time: 110 MIN. (Romanian, English, Hungarian dialogue)